17 of the Biggest Machines in the World

17 of the Biggest Machines in the World

00 So you’re looking for the world’s biggest machines eh? Then look no further. The following are a combination of scientific apparatus, construction and mining vehicles and some interesting novelties for your entertainment. We’ll not mess around and just get stuck in. Enjoy. The following are in no particular order and it is far from exhaustive. 1. Large Hadron Collider The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest machine man has ever built to date. It…

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The World’s (Official) Lightest Metal

The World’s (Official) Lightest Metal

00 However, the material is shockingly so light that a small section will not bend the fibers in the flower. The metal microlattice structure developed is now confirmed as being the lightest metal in the world. In perspective, the structure is approximately 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. “The point of achieving the record for lightest metal was to show the flexibility of the manufacturing process,” Says Bill Carter, Director of the Sensors and Materials Laboratory…

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German Lawmakers Vote to Kill Internal Combustion Engines

German Lawmakers Vote to Kill Internal Combustion Engines

00 Germany’s top legislative body, Bundesrat, hopes to only have zero-emission cars on the roads by 2030. Spiegel Magazin reported that the agreement was bi-partisan, and the Bundesrat wants it to expand to the European Union. Germany will have to appeal to the EU to make the resolution across Europe. By itself, the regulation holds little effect. However, Forbes noted “German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and UNECE regulations.” Greens party lawmaker Oliver Krischner told…

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Nanogenerators: The Cleverest Things You’ve Never Seen

Nanogenerators: The Cleverest Things You’ve Never Seen

00 Incredible advances in nanotechnology, including biomedical and wearable electronics, require innovations in suitable power sources. Nanogenerator technology is surging forward to meet this need. What are Nanogenerators The word nano means billionth, so a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. This is the tiny world in which nanogenerators operate, visible only through high-powered microscopes. Generating power at this scale requires specialized methods of energy harvesting. The three types of nanogenerators currently in development…

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Industrial Turbines and the World’s Largest Mufflers

Industrial Turbines and the World’s Largest Mufflers

00 With great power comes a lot of sound, sound that could kill you if you stepped to close. Hence why massive industrial turbines need similarly incredibly massive mufflers to contain the noise and protect the workers. Turbine engines generate a lot of noise, over 150 dB from 25 meters away. That is enough to rupture an eardrum and warrant a hospital trip. Airports combat this by building runways far from any outside people or…

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Building a Mercedes V12 Engine Sculpture from 53 Different Materials

Building a Mercedes V12 Engine Sculpture from 53 Different Materials

00 Being an artist means that you don’t have limits in your mind to what you can create. Even if there are political borders on the maps, artists and creators don’t give them any notice. Eric van Hove is one of these artists, who has lived in many different countries and has been influenced by many cultures throughout all his life. All of his sculptures and works are based on multi-cultural composition. Hove’s works are different….

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Bacteria-Powered Engine Breakthrough

Bacteria-Powered Engine Breakthrough

00 The design of a microscopic heat engine that runs on bacterial activity is turning heads in the Indian city of Bengaluru. Operating at over 50% efficiency, this technological breakthrough holds promise for a range of micro-scale applications. [Image source: The Hindu]  The team of researchers from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is headed by Professor Ajay Sood. In an interview with local Indian…

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World’s Largest Fusion Reactor will Harness the Power of the Sun

World’s Largest Fusion Reactor will Harness the Power of the Sun

00 Human development and regular day-to-day functionality are largely dependent on the constant availability of electricity. Nearly every piece of technology new and old is heavily reliant on a constant supply of energy. As such, humans have a massive taxing demand for more power, power that is often accumulated through less than desirable means. Be it burning fossil fuels or hydroelectric dams, all current power generators tax the environment to some degree. However, what if…

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Why the USA Uses 110V 60 HZ AC and Other Countries Don’t

Why the USA Uses 110V 60 HZ AC and Other Countries Don’t

00 Many countries around the world use different standards in feeding electricity to residents. The USA for example, uses 110V 60Hz AC current, whereas India uses 230V 50Hz AC current. These differences may not seem like a big deal, but they are actually rooted in a feud between Tesla and Edison. Direct Current was Edison’s “invention” (or one of his workers), but it was not good over long distances. Tesla on the other hand created…

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Impressive Multi-Tool Incorporates Wire Strippers and Universal Wrench

Impressive Multi-Tool Incorporates Wire Strippers and Universal Wrench

00 Having tools on you at all times is essential to being prepared for whatever situation you may face. After all, if you really want to be an engineer, you have to be able to fix anything, anytime, anywhere. There are an endless amount of multi-tools out there, but most are cheap and break easily. A new tool called The Claw is crafted from a solid chunk of 440c stainless steel and packs 18 different…

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